Take St. Patrick’s Day, add a twist of National Pi Day (3.1415) and throw in the fact that the Cooper River Bridge Run and Walk is a mere two weeks away, it’s no wonder that this is big weekend for running in the Charleston area.
Counting tonight’s Catch the Leprechaun Run, there will be seven (Yep, lucky seven!) running events in the next day and a half. But before we get to those, there are some nonrunning events of note.
Charleston SUP Safaris and Flipper Finders will hold its fourth annual Shamrock SUP Race 8 a.m. to noon Sunday on the Folly River.
The event includes an elite race at 9 a.m., recreational race at 9:05 a.m., kids races at 11 a.m. and paddle with dog race at 11:30 a.m. St. Patrick’s themed costumes are encouraged.
Fees are $45 for the elite and recreational races and $25 for kids and dogs races. Proceeds benefit Youth 2 Ocean.
The Yoga House of Charleston will celebrate its third anniversary of opening with an array of yoga classes in support of Surfer’s Healing, a local day surf camp for children with autism and their families.
“We’ll have 12 classes over the two days, and class proceeds for the weekend will benefit Surfer’s Healing Foundation for Autism, an amazing, beneficial national organization to help children with Autism,” says Thomas Glenn, owner of the Yoga House.
Glenn says Saturday will feature an “awesome marathon” of shortened, 45-minute classes, held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., that are donation-only (suggested $5-$10), while Sunday will feature five 75-minute, “mini-workshops” led by Yoga House instructors for $15 each.
The 11th Catch the Leprechaun Run, a 5K benefiting Pattison’s Academy, will be 6:30 p.m. today at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Organizers were expecting the run to hit its 1,000-person cap before today, but with forecasts for rain earlier this week, there may some spots left.
The fee is $30 for adults and $20 for youth.
The Summerville Family YMCA’s Shamrock Shuffle 10K and 5K, which for more than three decades was the Flowertown Festival Run, will be Saturday, starting and ending near the Y.
The 5K starts at 7:50 a.m. and the 10K at 8 a.m., while a mile fun run starts at 9:15 a.m.
The Y changed the name of the race to embrace a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Among the contests are the “Bring on the Green” costume contests,
“Bring on the Shamrocks, top hats and all the St. Paddy’s Day gear,” says Kristin Fry, communications coordinator for the Y. “There will be contests galore including a school and corporate challenge, win a free iPad for high school finishers, and awards for the three best-dressed St. Paddy’s Day runners.”
Late registration fees are $35 for the runs and $10 for the mile.
Another long-time local race with a green theme of another sort is Bishop England High School’s 17th annual Daniel Island 5K Race and Walk, which starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Besides St. Paddy’s Day, the Bishop’s school colors are green and white.
The fees are $25-$35 for the 5K and $10 for the kid’s fun run. Proceeds go toward the upkeep of the track facility.
New to the St. Patrick’s Day mix is the inaugural Peyton’s Wild & Wacky 5K Ultra on Saturday at Middleton Place Woodlands, located off of U.S. Highway 61.
The event was created by Noah and Jen Moore, the parents of the late Peyton Moore, to honor their child and raise money for causes he cared about most. Peyton died in June 2013 after an apparent seizure suffered in the night. He was 9.
The event is both a 5K and ultra, the latter was modeled after the Homestead 10 x 5K that was formerly held in Ridgeland.
Peyton’s race will include 10 5Ks, starting at 7 a.m. and continuing every hour on the hour until 4 p.m.
For those not wanting to commit to 31-plus miles of 5Ks, there’s one 5K at 11 a.m. As of Monday, more than 350 had registered, including 50 for the 10x5K and 51 for a relay version of the ultra event.
“Jen and I are overwhelmed by the support we have received for Peyton’s race,” says Noah Moore. “Planning this event was something we struggled with, but knew it was the right way to honor our boy.”
“When we asked Chad to be our race director, he stepped right up and let us do the things we thought would be most ‘Peyton-like.’ Knowing that we have so many running friends who are 5K runners and so many who are ultra runners, we knew we had to bring them together for this race,” says Moore.
“Truly, the support we received and continue to receive from the running community has kept us going over the past year and half.”
Moore adds that one of the greatest parts of honoring Peyton this way is that his family will be able to make a donation to three groups that meant so much to him: the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, Mount Pleasant Academy and the Mount Pleasant Track Club.
“We also know P would find it so cool that we will be able to introduce so many people to the ultra community and at the same time infuse the 5K energy into the middle of an ultra. It just feels like a Peyton thing to do”
The 10x5K is $75; the 5K is $25. Late registration and packet pickup is 3-7 p.m. Friday at Private i Print Promotions, 712 South Shelmore Blvd.
Off the beaten track, the fourth annual Edisto Beach Road Race, a 5K and one mile benefiting the Edisto Island Food Bank, will be 8:30 a.m. Saturday, starting at the Wyndham Recreation Center on Sea Cloud Circle. Late registration is $15-$25.
The second annual Omegas of Charleston Community Uplift Project 5K will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hampton Park with registration starting at 7:30 a.m.
Reginald Terry, a prevention specialist at Mitchell Math and Science Elementary, says the event is part of the “Bridge Builder” partnership between the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Mitchell Elementary in Charleston.
“Members from Mu Alpha Chapter visit Mitchell every other Thursday to have lunch with fifth-grade boys and provide some mentoring for the young men. As a part of the partnership, these young men are afforded an opportunity to attend a weeklong summer camp, Camp Hanes in King, N.C.,” says Terry.
“The young men are selected based on their overall character and their efforts in the classroom. Over the past few years, seven to nine boys have been chosen from Mitchell Elementary to attend this camp at no cost to their parents,” says Terry.
In celebrating its second anniversary of opening in Mount Pleasant, Fleet Feet Sports is not breaking out the cake, but rather the pi. (All math geeks know that pi, represented by Greek letter “π,” is the ratio of a circle to its diameter.)
Fleet Feet will hold a 3.14 mile run at 9:26 a.m. Saturday, as in 3.1415926, or pi.
In 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution recognizing March 14 as National Pi Day.
Reach David Quick at 937-5516.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect day for the Shamrock SUP Race. That has been corrected.